The management of Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola has shunned the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and directed all lecturers and students of the institution to resume on Monday, next week.
However, the ASUP chairman of the polytechnic, Comrade Coleman Goji called on the both lecturers or students to disregard the directive, saying the strike will not be called off until their demands were met.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Yola, the rector of the polytechnic, Professor Umar Bobboi, said the striking lecturers would not be allowed to hold the institution to ransom.
Professor Bobboi described the ASUP demands as ill-motivated and contrary to labour laws, saying “the demand for payment of 15% SIWES allowance arrears for the period between August 2011 and December 2013, amounting to N160 million is outrageous.”
He added that the state government has directed the institution to pay SIWES allowance arrears to academic staff effective from August 2011 to July 2012 using internally generated revenue and the payment has already commenced.
Bobboi enumerated his achievements to include accreditation of 19 NBTE approved programmes, affiliation of nine programmes with universities, rehabilitation of male and female hostel blocks, construction and furnishing of a 600 seater capacity classroom using IGR among many others.